AboutNFTE Chicago Metro

Through a unique combination of high-impact student programs and exceptional teacher training and support, NFTE’s Chicago Metro program office provides schools and partners across the region the opportunity to change young lives through entrepreneurship. NFTE has launched thousands of Chicago Metro students on their entrepreneurial journey through in-school, after-school, and summer programming.

World Series of Innovation

A global online entrepreneurship experience that challenges students to develop innovative solutions aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals


An online entrepreneurship experience that guides students through the process of building their own virtual business using a food truck scenario

Startup Tech

A unique classroom program blending entrepreneurship and tech, where students build a marketable app and create a business plan for their product

In School and Online
Entrepreneurship Essentials

A flexible/modular curriculum that can be blended or infused, semester or full-year, where students use lean startup methodologies to develop and test business ideas

In School and Online
Entrepreneurship 1

A foundational course focused on activating the entrepreneurial mindset as students learn how to create an original business plan and pitch their business

In School and Online
Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Entrepreneurship 1 students can enter a series of local and national pitch competitions where they can win seed capital to launch their business or pursue educational goals

Competition Series
Entrepreneurship 2

An advanced course focused on business model validation, product development, and marketing that deepens the entrepreneurial mindset

In School and Online
Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB) Certification

Students completing Entrepreneurship 2 are prepared to take the Certiport ESB exam and earn an industry-recognized entrepreneurship certification

Industry Certification

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Chicago Metro Schools

NFTE works with committed teachers, schools, and partners in under-resourced communities to activate the entrepreneurial mindset in young people. If you are in the Chicago Metro area and would like to know more, contact ScottN@nfte.com.

Chicago Metro Advisory Board

Nirav Amin
Director of National Expansion
Tide Cleaners
Mike Jortberg
Global Practice Area Director – B2B Commerce
Gary Weintraub
Sales Director, Drugstore Class of Trade
SC Johnson

Chicago Metro Staff

Michelle Mirzoian
Development Director, Midwest
Scott Nasatir
Senior Regional Director, Midwest

NFTE Chicago Metro Schools and Partners

Aqsa School
Aspira Business and Finance High School
Big Green
BizCamp - Chicago
Bridge Elementary School
CICS Ellison
CICS Longwood
CICS Northtown Academy
Cleveland Boys and Girls Club
Cleveland, OH
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Curie Metropolitan High School
DeWitt Clinton Elementary School
Fenger Academy High School
Freedom Middle School
Gary Comer Youth Center
Glenville High School
Heritage Middle School
Holy Trinity High School
Horizon Science Academy
Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park
Illinois Department of Justice
JFK Eagle Academy
Cleveland, OH
John Adams High School
Cleveland, OH
John Marshall High School
Cleveland, OH
Jordan Elementary Community School
Lincoln-West School of Global Studies
Cleveland, OH
Male Mogul Initiative
Milwaukee College Prep-North
Mind and Hand
Morton Senior High School
Northside Learning Center
Ohio-Valley Stem
Percy L. Julian High School
Perspectives High School of Technology
Perspectives IIT Math & Science Academy
Perspectives Leadership Academy
Ray Graham Training Center High School
Schurz High School
Shaw High School
Cleveland, OH
South Shore International College Prep High School
Sullivan High School
Taft High School
Thomas W. Harvey High School
Cleveland, OH
Thornridge High School
Thornton Township High School
Thornwood High School
U Chicago Charter School Woodlawn
University School
Valley STEM ME2 Academy
Warren G. Harding High School
Youngstown State University